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Historic Preservation

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar will be a survey of the legal structure behind historical and archaeological resources protection in the United States. The first part of the seminar will involve lectures, readings, and discussions of federal preservation laws, including both specific federal laws (e.g. the National Historic Preservation Act and NEPA,) as well as federal programs in support of preservation (e.g. the National Register of Historic Places.) The second part of the seminar will focus on the state and local preservation structure, especially the designation and protection of individual landmarks and historic districts. A final section will consider some of the constitutional issues raised by historic preservation, including takings, due process, and first amendment issues. This seminar provides an opportunity to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.